BEAUTIFUL AND WHITE FLOWERS FROM 'ILLUSTRATIONS FOR FOURTEEN POEMS FROM C.P CAVAFY'

1966

Hockney, David
Cavafy's sad poem tells of the tragic death of a young man: 'On his shabby coffin he laid some flowers, beautiful, white flowers as they went so well with his beauty and his two-and-twenty years.' When making the Cavafy etchings, Hockney tried where possible to work in flowing, continuous line, without lifting the etching tool from the surface of the plate. He aimed to draw in a way that reflected the simplicity of Cavafy's poems.
  • Artwork Details: 57.2 x 40cm Image, 34.6 x 22cm
  • Edition: 50/75
  • Material description: etching
  • Credit line: © David Hockney
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: PR 284

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